Pause, reflect. Take a deep breath.

The 2020 Wild Writers Literary Festival is proud to present Writers in the Wild: Meditations. This series of audio visual works will feature some of Canada’s best and up-and-coming writers. These writers have written and recorded artful, reflective meditations on topics that hold deep meaning for them. Who else but writers to contemplate, create, and help us make sense of our world?

Tune in every Monday and Friday of the festival to begin and end your week with these incredible authors. Registration for the meditations is not required. On the day it is scheduled, the link will become available at 9AM on this page. 

P.S. We couldn’t have hosted this series without support from our Wildly Gracious Donors. Thank you to Pamela Dillon, Anne Brydon & Brian Tanguay, Lillian Anderson, Dominique Anfossi, Veronica Austen, V. Barclay, Evelyn Bednarz, Deborah Black, Wendy Brandts, Margaret Buchanan, Barbara Carter, Kim Davids Mandar, Sarah Dennison, Maggie Dwyer, Cy Gamble, Sharon Hamilton, Crystal Hurdle, Sylvia Karman, Chris Masterman, Connie Melidy, Carolyn Moore, Ruth Pearce, Kimberly Peterson, Eleni Polychronakos, Lorraine Robson, Lenore Rowentree, Erica Sher, Shari Simpson, Alister Thomas, Kelly Watt, RoseMarie Williams, and Barbara Yeaman.

Monday, November 2


with Helen Humphreys

HELEN HUMPHREYS is an acclaimed and award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her work includes novels Machine Without HorsesThe Evening Chorus, Coventry and Afterimage. Her nonfiction includes The Ghost Orchard, The Frozen Thames, as well as the memoir Nocturne. She has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Toronto Book Award, and has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Trillium Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Award and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Helen Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario

Friday, November 6


with Waubgeshig Rice

WAUBGESHIG RICE is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in 2018 and became a national bestseller. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and spent the bulk of his journalism career at CBC, most recently as host of Up North, the afternoon radio program for northern Ontario. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and two sons.

Monday, November 9


with Sanchari Sur

SANCHARI SUR is a PhD candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University. Their writing can be found in Joyland, Al Jazeera, Toronto Book Award Shortlisted The Unpublished City (Book*hug, 2017), Room, Prism International, EVENT, Quill & Quire, and elsewhere. They are a recipient of a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellowship in fiction, a 2019 Banff residency (with Electric Literature), and Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2020 Critics’ Desk Award for a Feature Review.

Friday, November 13


with Jael Richardson

JAEL RICHARDSON is the author of The Stone Thrower, a book columnist on CBC’s q and the founder and Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Her debut novel, Gutter Child, arrives in 2021.

Friday, November 20


with Michael Crummey

MICHAEL CRUMMEY has published eleven books of poetry and fiction, including the novels River Thieves, The Wreckage and Sweetland, and Little Dogs: New and Selected Poems. His third novel, Galore, won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Canada and Caribbean). His latest, The Innocents, won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Award, and the Roger’s Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. He lives in St. John’s.

Friday, December 4


with Eufemia Fantetti

EUFEMIA FANTETTI holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her short fiction collection, A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love, was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and winner of the Bressani Prize. Her writing has been nominated for the Creative Nonfiction Collective Readers’ Choice Award and was listed as a notable essay in the Best American Essay Series. My Father, Fortune-tellers & Me: A Memoir was released by Mother Tongue Publishing in 2019. She teaches at Humber College and co-edits The Humber Literary Review.

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